Climate Change Summit 2018
The 2018 workshop included a keynote presentation from Dr. Dianne Saxe, an introduction from Richard Wyma (ERCA), and an overview of City of Windsor adaptation and mitigation programs from Karina Richters. Panel presentations featured local and regional government practitioners outside of the Essex Region to provide examples of lessons learned for incorporating climate change into practice, developing partnerships and providing engagement strategies for collaboration at a regional scale. These experts provided a range of perspectives including the Region of Durham (Brian Kelly), the Bay Area Climate Change Office (Andrea McDowell), Great Lakes Integrated Science and Assessment – GLISA (Jenna Jorns), and Credit Valley Conservation (Christine Zimmer). The workshop report can be found here.
From this workshop came the development of the Windsor Essex Climate Change Collaborative. The Windsor Essex Climate Change Collaborative brings together community leaders, experts, regional stakeholders, and community members in an effort to move towards a low-carbon economy and improve our resilience to our changing climate. This regional collaborative will build on the foundation laid by the on-going work of many municipalities, including the City of Windsor’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Community Energy Plan. From developing policy to identifying adaptation strategies for our unique natural environment, the collaborative will set priorities for local climate action on a regional scale.